Major Arbitration Disputes Being Settled by More Women - Articles

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Posted by: Chelsea Bennett on Sep 13, 2018

Legal firms that represent large corporations dealing with transnational legal issues are broadening their practice offerings in order to better meet client needs, Bloomberg Law reports. High-value international disputes are often dealt with confidentially in arbitration tribunals. Major disputes requiring legal representation or arbitrator jobs have often been male-dominated for decades; however, that trend is starting to change. Since the American Bar Association created the Women in Dispute Resolution Committee in 2011 to promote women’s contribution with both commercial arbitration and international disputes, the percentage of women appointed as arbitrators has risen from 6 percent in 2010 to more than 20 percent as of recent. Some of this progress can be attributed to the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge that arbitration forums and other institutions were asked to sign two years ago. More women being included in the field has led to increased opportunities for women being selected to handle major international and commercial disputes, according to the article.